Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo popularly known as RMD is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, lawyer and former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State. The Nollywood legend has remain relevant till date, making huge impact in the movie industry. He is regarded as Nigeria’s leading ‘Prince of the Silver Screen’.
Early life and background of Richard Mofe-Damijo
Richard was born on the 6th of July, 1961 in Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, near Warri, Delta State. For his elementary and secondary school education, he attended Midwest College, Warri, and Anglican Grammar School. He was a member of the drama club. He has two degrees from different universities. For his first degree, he studied Theatre arts at the University of Benin and graduated in 1983. RMD proceeded to study for a second degree in Law at the University of Lagos. He graduated in 2004 and was called to bar in 2005.
His Acting Career
While pursuing a degree in law between 1997 and 1999, he starred as one of the lead actors in films like Hostages, Scores to Settle, Diamond Ring, Freedom, and Out of Bounds –the first film he wrote and produced.
Upon graduation from the University, he had a stint with Concord Newspapers and Metro Magazine as a reporter. He published and sold Nigeria’s first all-gloss magazine for men titled Mister. RMD also featured in a television soap opera called Ripples. He has appeared on blockbusters like Chief daddy, Wedding Party, 30 days in Atlanta, 10 days in Sun city amongst others.
The Iconic actor is the founder of RMD production, White Water Limited and RMD Foundation. RMD production is an entertainment platform that produces creative content, television and radio productions, broadcasting e.t.c. The fine hunk produces his own drama series, The Mr. X Family Show, kiddies show Bed time with Grandpa, and talk/live shows Bridging the gap and Made in Warri. White Water Limited is a Nigerian PR outfit that deals with public relations consultancy.
Being concerned for people, he established the RMD foundation, a platform that mentors for greatness.
In 2018, the Nollywood’s finest bagged an endorsement deal with real estate company, Landlagos. He’s also a brand ambassador for purplegirl foundation. The Nollywood star has multi-million Naira endorsements deals with the likes of telecommunication giant Globacom and beer brand Heineken.
His Political Career
Just like his male contemporaries, he delved into politics. RMD took a break from Nollywood from 2007 to 2013 to concentrate on politics. In 2008, RMD was appointed as the Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to the former governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan. He became the commissioner for the Culture and Tourism of Delta State, Nigeria in 2009. The appointment lasted for 6 years.
Richard’s Relationship and Family Life
He was once married to May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE), a Nigerian journalist/publisher who died in 1996. He later married formerTV personality, Jumobi Adegbesan. RMD has four children: two with his current wife and two from his previous marriage. The Damijos seems like a close-knit family judging by the various photos he shares on social media.
Awards and Nominations
The multi-awarding actor in the course of his career has clinched notable awards.
Best Actor in a Leading Role, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2005
Special Recognition Award, Best of Nollywood Awards, 2012
Best Supporting Actor, Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, 2015 (Nominated)
Lifetime Achievement Award, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2016
Overall Best Actor in a Leading Role, in the movie Cross Road, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2018
Richard’s Net Worth
With a number of blockbuster movies to his credit, endorsement deals and business, the veteran actor is ranked one of the richest and most influential celebrities with a net worth of $15 million dollars.